Africa

In Box

Learning Curve

Why more and more parents in 
poor countries are paying to send 
their kids to private school.

Charles Kenny |

Argument

The New Tyranny

How development experts have empowered dictators and helped to trap millions and millions of people in poverty.

William Easterly |

Christian Caryl

The Streets Ain't What They Used to Be

Back in the days of the Arab Spring, optimists predicted a bright future for democratic upheavals around the world. But the reality in places like Ukraine, Venezuela, Turkey, and Thailand is far messier.

Christian Caryl |

Feature

Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

Katelyn Fossett |

Report

Unarmed and Dangerous

With civilian rape on the rise, the war on Congo's women comes painfully, pervasively home.

Lauren Wolfe |

Report

Slick Moves

The SEC could help tackle corruption in resource-rich countries around the world -- but the oil industry is getting in the way.

Zorka Milin |

Report

Troubled Waters

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over a plan to dam the Nile River.

Keith Johnson |

Dispatch

Unintended Consequences

How clumsy foreign advocates unwittingly helped Uganda's anti-gay bill become law.

Elizabeth Palchik Allen |

Report

'Definitely Going to Blow'

Is Africa's hermit kingdom heading toward a military coup?

Michela Wrong |

COLUMN

The 750 Million Dollar Man

How a Swiss commodities giant used shell companies to make an Angolan general three-quarters of a billion dollars richer.

Michael Weiss |

Argument

Locked Out

Forget ethnic hatred, lack of sea access is the real reason South Sudan is tearing itself apart.

Brenda Shaffer |

Dispatch

Riptide

A deadly surge of revenge violence has seized the Central African Republic -- and peacekeepers seem powerless to stop it. 

Peter Bouckaert |

Slide Show

Bangui's Inferno

Revenge and bloodletting in the Central African Republic.

Marcus Bleasdale |

Report

Oil Pirates and the Mystery Ship

Forget Somalia, the world's new epicenter of piracy is on the other side of Africa.

Keith Johnson |

Case Studies

How Tradition Remade Rwanda

The secret ingredient in Rwanda's efforts to rebuild its nation after the violence of genocide.

Daniel Scher |

Dispatch

Climate of Corruption

How a $50 million graft scandal is pushing Malawi even closer to environmental catastrophe.

Ty McCormick |

David Rothkopf

Course Correction

Dealing with dictators cost the U.S. its soul. Now it's time to atone.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Aid Amnesia

Jeffrey Sachs has gone down the rabbit hole on the aid debate. He doesn't even remember what it was all about.

William Easterly |

Christian Caryl

African Growing Pains

Africa is poised for economic growth. But it won't all be smooth sailing.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

With Negotiators Like These...

Peace talks won't solve the crisis in South Sudan. Africa-style justice will.

George B.N. Ayittey |

Argument

The Case for Aid

It's become fashionable to argue that foreign aid doesn't make a difference. Here’s why the critics couldn't be more wrong.

Jeffrey Sachs |

Report

Cut Short

The latest threat to international peacekeeping is political warfare in Washington.

Michel Gabaudan |

Argument

Terms of Endurance

Can South Sudan reach a peace deal that will actually last?

Princeton N. Lyman |

Christian Caryl

In 2014, It's Not Just About the Ballot Box

The year ahead will tell us a lot about the state of democracy around the world. But voting is just one part of the story.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

South Africa, Unequal by Design

How Nelson Mandela's legacy is holding South Africa back.

Mike Albertus |

Argument

Silver Lining: The Year 2013 in Human Rights

For human rights advocates, 2013 brought many grim setbacks. Yet there were still some important signs of progress.

Ken Roth |

Lab Report

Cleaning House in Kenya's Police Force

Why security sector reform in Kenya has been much more successful than you might think. The latest in our series of Lab Reports on Kenya.

Alexander Noyes |

Lab Report

Africa's Powerhouse

Why Kenya's economy is the linchpin of a promising new zone of growth in East Africa. The latest in our series of Lab Reports on Kenya.

Mwangi S. Kimenyi |

Slide Show

The Most Memorable Photos of 2013

The events that shaped 2013 -- and the photos we won't forget.

Slide Show |

Report

How the U.S. Triumph in South Sudan Came Undone

The White House bet on guerrilla fighters changing their warring ways. Turns out it was a bad bet.

Colum Lynch |